Kathie Lee Gifford Reunites with Ex-Today Show Colleague Megyn Kelly at Children's Charity Gala
"My children were born into privilege and promise and good health. I have always been painfully aware that this is not the case for so many other children," Kathie Lee Gifford said at Childhelp's Diamond Jubilee 15th Annual Drive the Dream Gala
The Kathie Lee & Hoda star and former Today show anchor reunited in Scottsdale, Arizona, over the weekend, when they attended Childhelp’s Diamond Jubilee 15th Annual Drive the Dream Gala at the Phoenician Resort on Saturday night.
During the event, Gifford — who announced in December that she is leaving NBC in April after 11 years — and Kelly — who finalized her “roughly $30 million” exit from Today in January — posed together on the red carpet.
Gifford, 65, donned a strapless, floor-length blush-colored gown, which was accented with flowers, and Kelly, 48, opted for a plunging, black and gold sequined long dress.
Childhelp was founded by actresses Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson in 1959 to bring the light of hope and healing into the lives of countless children as a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping at-risk children, who have been the victims of child abuse and neglect.
“This is an organization that I have worked with intimately for decades. Sara and Yvonne have been heroes since I first met them and the work they do is God’s work. Caring for abused children is God’s work and nobody does it better than they do, with more heart and more devotion,” Gifford told PEOPLE in an exclusive statement.
A longtime Childhelp Celebrity Ambassador, Gifford said she became aware of the organization in 1996 and knew she “wanted to get involved.”
“My children were born into privilege and promise and good health. I have always been painfully aware that this is not the case for so many other children,” she said. “Obviously that motivates me. I want justice for those children as well.”
The 750-person guest gala — co-chaired by Dr. Stacie J. Stephenson and Mr. Richard J Stephenson, along with honorary chairs Governor Doug Ducey and Angela Ducey — coincided with the 60th anniversary of the nonprofit organization and raised $4.3 million in support. Proceeds will directly benefit Childhelp’s Children’s Advocacy Center of Arizona, which will see more than 8,000 children this year.
Actress Melissa Peterman emceed the event.
“For six decades, Childhelp has provided an environment of compassion and kindness for millions of abused, neglected and at-risk children across our country,” O’Meara, the Childhelp co-founder, CEO and chairman, said in a statement. “We could not have done this without the generous souls who touch our mission and truly make a difference for children. We are so humbled by and proud of celebrities using their platforms to create change, such as when John Stamos accepted the role of national spokesman for the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline.”
Added Fedderson, the oganization’s co-founder, vice chairman and president: “Our Drive the Dream Diamond Jubilee is not only an opportunity to celebrate the many years of bringing joy into the hearts of children, but also to unite under one collective goal of eradicating child abuse. Each and every child deserves to be loved, cared for and shown their potential. We are eternally grateful to people like Kathie Lee Gifford and Cheryl Ladd, who provide a voice for children who have been silenced by abuse and neglect.”